Comedian Chris Rock was about to give award for one of the winners. As usual he was making some jovial remarks.
The winner of this year for Best Actor Will Smith and his wife Jada Pinkett Smith were in the audience. Jada has a disease called “alopecia areata”. This disease makes her lose all her head hair.
Award presenter Comedian Chris Rock started to make an insensitive joke about Jada. He said:
"Jada, I love you— 'G.I. Jane 2', can't wait to see it,"
(Side bar: There was a movie in 1997 called G.I. Jane starring Demi Moore. In the movie, Demi Moore was the first woman to go through the arduous Navy Seal training. During the training, she showed more grit than her male counterparts. In an effort to solidify her status as a Navy Seal, she shaved her head and become the symbol of G.I. Jane.)
Jada lost her hair because of this disease alopecia areata. Will Smith lost his cool when Chris Rock made fun of his wife’s disease. He went up to the stadium and slapped Chris Rock. This was witnessed live by millions of people around the world.
Now there is a debate going on in social media and news papers whether what Will Smith did was right or wrong.
I fully support Will Smith. At least he was a nice guy and stopped with one slap. If I were in his place, I would have given Chris Rock harsher punishment. Husband should not keep quiet when a stranger publicly humiliates the wife (for her disease) in front of the world audience.
What do you think? Was Will Smith right?